Larson promoted to coach varsity Bearcat girls' basketball
     2013-06-20      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
New Scottsbluff High School girls' basketball coach Rachel Larson describes herself as a student of the game.
Larson, who has been the Bearcat freshman girls' coach and a varsity assistant the past three seasons, has been promoted to the varsity head coaching position following six-year head coach Mike Burda's recent decision to step down and pursue other coaching opportunities.

"I have been involved in basketball the majority of my life," Larson said in a statement released by the Scottsbluff High Activities Office. "I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo. and began playing basketball in fourth grade. I quickly realized my love for the game and began to play year-round by sixth grade."

"Rachel has good experience as a player as well as assistant coach," said Dave Pauli, Scottsbluff's director of activities and assistant principal at SHS.

Larson takes over a varsity Scottsbluff program that finished just 2-21 last season and 4-21 in 2011-12 after having qualified for the Class B state tournament in 2011.
However, Larson said she is very familiar with the group of incoming seniors, since they composed her first freshman Bearcat team.
Prior to coaching at Scottsbluff, Larson -- who teaches at Longfellow Elementary School -- was an assistant coach for three years in Valdosta, Ga. Larson played four years of collegiate basketball at Chadron State College.

Larson's career at Coronado High in Colorado Springs included her team's winning three straight district championships. Colonado played in the Class 5A state playoffs each season, qualifying for one Sweet 16, one Elite Eight and two Final Four rounds.
Larson and her husband, Ryan, have two daughters: Ellison, who is 4, and Reagan, nine months.

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